Maraq hilib ido also known as fuud hilib ido is the Somali equivalent of the famous Jewish chicken soup. If you live in a Somali household or have Somali neighbours, this is the soup you will be given if you have a cold, breastfeeding or happen to be well liked!
This salad is a complete meal in itself. It has protein galore in the shape of tofu and beans, iron-rich spinach and the sweet potato provides you with good carbs. Spices and herbs such as paprika, garlic, ginger, cumin, chilli and mint add a wonderful punch of flavour.
The combination of the tangy taste of tamarind, the heat of chilli and the sweetness of dates makes for a mouth salivating sauce that I can’t get enough of! I eat it with most meals. French fries or potato wedges will never taste the same! Add a tablespoon or two of shidni to whatever you are cooking…have I convinced you to try it?
This is a wonderfully refreshing drink that has the added benefit of being dairy free. The addition of chia seeds gives it an extra health boost as these wonder seeds are the highest plant based source of Omega 3, fiber and protein.
Chickpea patties are great for vegetarians who want to have their burger and eat it. Tasty, nutritious, healthy, full of fibre…the list of why these patties have to be a regular part of your diet is endless!
My 11 year old son, Ilyas, is a determined fellow. Once he has his mind set on something, he’s got to do it. Fortunately, this time it was something quite innocuous. He just wanted to make something for his cousin’s birthday – something Australian and Somali, and preferably a meringue type cake, he said.
Halwa is Somalis favourite sweet and a must have during festive occasions. This recipe is a variation of the Somali halwa recipe as it uses semolina flour in lieu of the traditional cornflour. The chickpea flour adds an amazing depth of nutty flavour.